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June 15, 2012

A study recently published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism suggests that vitamin D — when taken with calcium — can reduce the rate of mortality in seniors, thereby providing a possible means of increasing life expectancy, the society reported Friday.

CHEVY CHASE, Md. — A study recently published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism suggests that vitamin D — when taken with calcium — can reduce the rate of mortality in seniors, thereby providing a possible means of increasing life expectancy, the society reported Friday.

June 13, 2012

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in May released a tool set designed to assist pharmacies in adopting electronic prescribing.

ROCKVILLE, Md. — The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in May released a tool set designed to assist pharmacies in adopting electronic prescribing.

"E-prescribing will allow your pharmacy to receive electronic prescriptions directly into your pharmacy software system and will allow refill requests to be sent electronically from your pharmacy to the prescribers' software," the agency stated.

June 13, 2012

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on Tuesday issued a draft recommendation around the ineffectiveness of vitamin D and calcium to prevent cancer or fractures.

ROCKVILLE, Md. — U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on Tuesday issued a draft recommendation around the ineffectiveness of vitamin D and calcium to prevent cancer or fractures. The draft guidance also suggested vitamin D and calcium could equate to a greater risk of kidney stones in older women.

"Many people take the supplements, but the science was insufficient to make recommendations for everyone," stated panel member Timothy Wilt of the University of Minnesota.

June 11, 2012

Save-A-Lot, a wholly owned subsidiary of Supervalu, on Monday launched a national search for a team of two interns to serve as brand ambassadors — or more aptly titled Road Scholars — for its 2012 Fuel Your Family Road Trip campaign.

ST. LOUIS — Save-A-Lot, a wholly owned subsidiary of Supervalu, on Monday launched a national search for a team of two interns to serve as brand ambassadors — or more aptly titled Road Scholars — for its 2012 Fuel Your Family Road Trip campaign.

The winning team will hit the road at the end of July for a four-week tour to 12 U.S. cities to personally bring the brand to consumers and help show people how Save-A-Lot can help families with savings of up to 40%, compared with traditional grocery stores.

June 4, 2012

The U.S. chocolate market continues to grow, according to a new Packaged Facts report.

ROCKVILLE, Md. — The U.S. chocolate market continues to grow, according to a new Packaged Facts report.

May 31, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday warned parents against administering benzocaine to their teething babies and advised that parents not use benzocaine at all in children under the age of 2 years unless under the supervision of a family physician.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday warned parents against administering benzocaine to their teething babies and advised that parents not use benzocaine at all in children under the age of 2 years unless under the supervision of a family physician.

May 30, 2012

A counterfeit version of a Teva Pharmaceutical Industries attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy drug is circulating online, regulators warned Tuesday.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — A counterfeit version of a Teva Pharmaceutical Industries attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy drug is circulating online, regulators warned Tuesday.

The Food and Drug Administration issued a statement warning consumers and healthcare professionals that a fake versions of Adderall (dextroamphetamine and amphetamine) tablets in the 30-mg strength are being sold on the Internet.

May 22, 2012

Giant-Landover and ShopRite are shoppers' two favorite supermarkets, according to results of a survey released Tuesday.

BOULDER, Colo. — Giant-Landover and ShopRite are shoppers' two favorite supermarkets, according to results of a survey released Tuesday.

May 17, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration has approved generic versions of one of the country's top-selling drugs made by eight different companies, the agency said Thursday.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved generic versions of one of the country's top-selling drugs made by eight different companies, the agency said Thursday.

May 16, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday identified three online products touting "natural" intimacy enhancement that consumers should avoid because they each contain undeclared pharmaceutical ingredients.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday identified three online products touting "natural" intimacy enhancement that consumers should avoid because they each contain undeclared pharmaceutical ingredients.

The three products include Boost ultra sexual enhancement formula, VMaxx Rx and Firminite.

May 15, 2012

The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and the National Community Pharmacists Association announced the winners of a competition designed to highlight the best practices in medication adherence teaching among the nation's 127 colleges and schools of pharmacy.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and the National Community Pharmacists Association announced the winners of a competition designed to highlight the best practices in medication adherence teaching among the nation's 127 colleges and schools of pharmacy.

May 4, 2012

The number of new drug shortages has been halved as early notifications from manufacturers of potential shortages have increased sixfold, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration wrote Thursday.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The number of new drug shortages has been halved as early notifications from manufacturers of potential shortages have increased sixfold, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration wrote Thursday.

April 27, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug for treating erectile dysfunction, the agency said Friday.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug for treating erectile dysfunction, the agency said Friday.

The FDA announced the approval of Vivus' Stendra (avanafil).

"This approval expands the available treatment options to men experiencing erectile dysfunction and enables patients, in consultation with their doctor, to choose the most appropriate treatment for their needs," FDA Office of Drug Evaluation III deputy director Victoria Kusiak said.

April 25, 2012

Procter & Gamble’s CoverGirl brand has signed U.S. Olympic hopefuls Jennifer Kessy (women’s beach volleyball) and Marlen Esparza (women’s boxing) to represent the beauty brand. In addition, LashBlast Volume and Outlast All-Day Lipcolor will be available in special, limited-edition packaging to honor both women as they compete in the London 2012 Olympic Games.

HUNT VALLEY, Md. — Procter & Gamble’s CoverGirl brand has signed U.S. Olympic hopefuls Jennifer Kessy (women’s beach volleyball) and Marlen Esparza (women’s boxing) to represent the beauty brand. In addition, LashBlast Volume and Outlast All-Day Lipcolor will be available in special, limited-edition packaging to honor both women as they compete in the London 2012 Olympic Games.

April 25, 2012

Two of Royal Ahold's U.S. supermarket chains are offering new labeling to make gluten-free foods easier to find in the store, while one has launched a new magazine to address childhood obesity.

LANDOVER, Md. — Two of Royal Ahold's U.S. supermarket chains are offering new labeling to make gluten-free foods easier to find in the store, while one has launched a new magazine to address childhood obesity.

April 24, 2012

Globalization has led to a rapid increase in the drugs and foods arriving on U.S. shores from abroad, a trend that has prompted U.S. regulators to transform their approach.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Globalization has led to a rapid increase in the drugs and foods arriving on U.S. shores from abroad, a trend that has prompted U.S. regulators to transform their approach.

The Food and Drug Administration released a report Monday detailing its strategies for what it called transforming from a domestic to a global public health agency.

April 4, 2012

Nutramax Labs, known for its glucosamine and chondroitin products, on Tuesday celebrated its 20th anniversary, the company announced.

EDGEWOOD, Md. — Nutramax Labs, known for its glucosamine and chondroitin products, on Tuesday celebrated its 20th anniversary, the company announced.

April 3, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday released draft guidance that ultimately will provide the public with previously unknown information about the chemicals in tobacco products and help prevent misleading marketing about the risks associated with tobacco products, the agency said.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday released draft guidance that ultimately will provide the public with previously unknown information about the chemicals in tobacco products and help prevent misleading marketing about the risks associated with tobacco products, the agency said.

March 28, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new treatment for anemia in patients with chronic kidney disease.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new treatment for anemia in patients with chronic kidney disease.

The FDA announced the approval of Affymax's Omontys (peginesatide), a drug belonging to the class known as erythropoiesis-stimulating agents, designed to aid the formation of red blood cells.

March 27, 2012

Calgon, a bath and beauty brand managed by Ilex Consumer Products Group, has announced the introduction of Enchanted Embrace, a new fragrance in the brand’s Sensual Collection that launched in 2011.

BALTIMORE — Calgon, a bath and beauty brand managed by Ilex Consumer Products Group, has announced the introduction of Enchanted Embrace, a new fragrance in the brand’s Sensual Collection that launched in 2011.

Enchanted Embrace and a new Sensual Mist sampler gift set will be available at select national retailers beginning in late spring 2012. The Sensual Collection line extension comes on the heels of announcing the relaunch of the Turquoise Seas scent.

March 26, 2012

Sunpeaks Ventures last week announced national advertising support behind its Clotamin multivitamin line — a line of supplements formulated for use by patients on warfarin or other blood thinners.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Sunpeaks Ventures last week announced national advertising support behind its Clotamin multivitamin line — a line of supplements formulated for use by patients on warfarin or other blood thinners.

"Until now, Clotamin has never been the focus of any consumer marketing," stated Mackie Barch, Sunpeaks CEO. "The product's popularity has been built solely through positive word of mouth from our customers and through pharmacies that already carry the product."

March 23, 2012

Lawmakers are going after companies that they say have sought to take advantage of drug shortages by buying drugs in short supply and then reselling them at higher prices, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — Lawmakers are going after companies that they say have sought to take advantage of drug shortages by buying drugs in short supply and then reselling them at higher prices, according to published reports.

March 22, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration's director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Janet Woodcock, on Thursday identified three tools the agency wanted to use in potentially increasing access to appropriate medicines in her opening remarks at the FDA Rx-to-OTC Switch Hearing.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration's director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Janet Woodcock, on Thursday identified three tools the agency wanted to use in potentially increasing access to appropriate medicines in her opening remarks at the FDA Rx-to-OTC Switch Hearing held here.

March 22, 2012

GlaxoSmithKline on Thursday morning presented exactly how technology might improve appropriate patient self-selection before a panel convened by the Food and Drug Administration to explore expanding the prescripton-to-over-the-counter switch paradigm by incorporating technology and/or pharmacy participation in the application process.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — GlaxoSmithKline on Thursday morning presented exactly how technology might improve appropriate patient self-selection before a panel convened by the Food and Drug Administration to explore expanding the prescripton-to-over-the-counter switch paradigm by incorporating technology and/or pharmacy participation in the application process.

March 22, 2012

TheraPearl on Wednesday named Daniel Baumwald president and Thomas Keeney VP sales.

JESSUP, Md. — TheraPearl on Wednesday named Daniel Baumwald president and Thomas Keeney VP sales.

Baumwald has been with the company since its inception in 2009, coming from Glaceau Vitaminwater/Coca-Cola where he was national account manager. Baumwald will assume management of the TheraPearl team, along with the company’s overall direction as it continues to expand.